Metro releases schedule information for 2017 SafeTrack surges

The City of Alexandria and DASH have been working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the region’s localities to assist travelers as WMATA’s SafeTrack initiative continues.

SafeTrack’s “Safety Surges” involve long-duration of track outages for major projects in key parts of the system that will cause delays throughout the region. The City of Alexandria urges commuters to telework and use alternative ways to commute that do not involve driving alone.

This week, Metro released schedule information for the remaining SafeTrack surges between February and June 2017. Surges will resume February 11 with an 18-day surge on the Blue Line.

Major work that impacts rush-hour service had been suspended during the month of January due to the inauguration and the potential for winter weather impacts.

The SafeTrack program will conclude in late June, after which, Metro will shift to a regimen of preventive maintenance.

Here’s what’s coming in Alexandria in 2017.   (more…)

Metro’s fourth around-the-clock safety surge during SafeTrack began today, Tuesday, July 12, and will result in a shutdown of the Blue and Yellow lines between Reagan National Airport and Pentagon City through July 18, 2016. There will be no Metrorail service between these stations, including Crystal City, which will be closed for the duration of the project.

During surge #4, all Blue/Yellow line customers in Virginia are encouraged to consider alternate travel options and avoid traveling during rush hour if possible.

For customers with no other travel options, limited shuttle service and enhanced bus service is available. (more…)

The City of Alexandria is working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the region’s localities to assist travelers during WMATA’s SafeTrack initiative.  SafeTrack accelerates three years of track repairs into less than a year by significantly expanding maintenance work. Major delays are expected on Metrorail and other modes of transit.  The City encourages alternate travel options, and is working with employers, residents and visitors to urge everyone to stay informed and make a plan.

SafeTrack’s   15 “Safety Surges” – long-duration track outages for major projects in key parts of the system – will cause delays throughout the region.  The next three surges in particular will impact Alexandria travelers:

  • During Surge #2, from June 18 through July 3, there will be no Metrorail or Metrobus service on the Blue Line between the Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn Metro Stations.
  • During Surge #3, from July 5 through July 11, there will be no Metrorail service on the Blue and Yellow Lines between the Braddock Road and National Airport Metro Stations.
  • During Surge #4, from July 12 through 18, there will be no Metrorail service on the Blue and Yellow Lines between the National Airport and Pentagon City Metro Stations.

During each surge, trains and platforms are expected to be extremely crowded during peak periods and customers may experience extended delays.

What the City is Doing to Help:


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This weekend (May 13-16) at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the eastbound 233 Bridge will be closed for construction. Passengers are ADVISED to allow for extra time in getting to the airport.

The closure will last from 11:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13 to 4:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16. Vehicles attempting to enter the airport from US Route 1 in Crystal City will be detoured to the GW Parkway. Likewise, the ramp on the GW Parkway at the bridge will be CLOSED. Southbound GW Parkway traffic should use the first exit to the airport during the closure.


Coast Guard photo - Potomac River Oil Sheen

Coast Guard, Partner Agencies continue response to recent Potomac River Oil Sheen

This is an update to this post and this post on this past week’s Potomac River oil spill.

The Unified Command continues its search for the source of oil sheens Saturday in the Potomac River near Arlington, Virginia.

“Responders have been on scene since daybreak and noticed the sheens have mostly dissipated except for a few pockets, which are protected from the elements,” said Lt. David Ruhlig, the Unified Command operations section chief. “Although the sheen covered such a large span of water, the amount was so small it has been difficult to collect any. Even at the outfall, the sorbent pads and boom in fact had trapped mainly dirt,” added Ruhlig.

Oil recovered by Coast Guard investigators has been sent to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory for analysis.

“The Coast Guard is continuing to actively monitor the response, while Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research continues to search for affected fowl for cleaning,” said Ruhlig. “The Unified Command will continue to trace the different sources to the outfall at Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary in an attempt to determine if there is a responsible party or parties.”

Reports of impacted wildlife or oil should be made to the Office of Unified Communications by dialing 311.

(Courtesy photo)

This is an update to this post.

WJLA (ABC 7 News), has more on the ‘sheen’ that was seen last night on the Potomac River that we first told you about.

A mysterious “sheen,” possibly petroleum-based, is floating on the Potomac River from north of Alexandria and extending for miles south, according to numerous reports.

Dominion Power is investigating the possibility as to whether or not their operations could be the source of this situation.

Federal, state, and local officials are on the scene investigating. So far, they don’t know what it is or where it came from.

The Potomac River is currently swollen from the snow melt and recent rain.

Craig T. Fifer, spokesperson for the City of Alexandria, says the unknown product was first spotted on Monday, February 1 at National Airport and Tuesday in D.C., upstream from Alexandria.

Fifer says crews found a “petroleum-based” substance at Gravelly Point Park, north of National Airport.

Read more at this link (photos as well).

Potomac River Sunset
(Flickr Pool photo via Joseph Gruber, on Flickr)


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